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How Do I Get Started Building My Pool?

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In a world where comparing costs can be as easy as a few clicks, many homeowners interested in building a backyard pool start their search by requesting online bids from a variety of pool construction companies. While this may sound logical, it can actually get you off on the wrong foot because it might result in an unrealistic expectation. To get an accurate and reliable quote it’s important to have a pool company come to your property for an on-site consultation. They should inspect the proposed building site and listen to your wants and needs before quoting you a price.  

 

Know What You Want

By scheduling an on-site consultation before you begin to seriously think about your budget, you'll be able to get a better feel for what you actually want out of your new pool. Maybe even more important, you’ll learn from your pool expert what makes the most sense logistically (and economically) based on the characteristics of your property.

An on-site consultation will also help you picture in your mind what your new outdoor living space will look like. You'll also be able to get an idea of what features and designs most interest you and decide what’s an absolute must and what’s a would-be-nice. Also, it’s important to have a trusted and established pool company that won’t pressure you into spending more than you want. Talking face-to-face will help you “get a feel” for the pool company.

 

Ask About Qualifications

It’s also very important to choose a pool company that’s affiliated with major industry and trade groups that hold its members to a high standard of quality. Some qualifications that you may come across include:

  • Certified Building Professional (CBP)
  • The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPA)
  • The Associated General Contractors of America

 

A Long-Term Relationship

Regardless of how much it costs to build your pool, if you sign a contract with a pool builder who isn't a good fit, then you're bound to have a negative experience. The contractor should listen and understand your vision for your backyard, while also actively contributing expert advice or constructive suggestions to improve the finished product or help you spend your budget more effectively.

Choosing a pool builder with an excellent reputation built over a long period of time will ensure that you have a reliable partner for years to come.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Why You Should Be Swimming

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Besides being just plain fun, it’s well known that swimming is a great way to stay in shape. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities and is a total body workout. Swimming improves both strength and flexibility with little to no impact on joints. Because of the many health benefits of swimming, it should be a part of everyone’s fitness routine.

 

Swimming is Good for the Heart

All exercise is good for the heart, but swimming provides high intensity with low impact. That means all the benefits of jogging without the pounding on knees and ankles. Swimming can lower blood pressure, help with cholesterol, and increase your metabolism – all things that are great for heart health!

 

Swimming Reduces Stress

Swimming helps you relax in many ways. First of all, simply being in the water can help daily stresses float away. Swimming also helps muscles to relax and can ease tension in the body. Stiff necks and tight shoulders will loosen up from just a short time in the water. On top of that, many people find the rhythmic movement of swimming to be a meditative experience. 

 

Swimming is Good for the Lungs

Swimming is a terrific aerobic exercise. It increases lung capacity while training your body to use oxygen more efficiently. Breathe easier by making swimming part of your fitness routine.  

 

Swimming is Good for Pain Relief

Buoyancy in the water means less pressure on bones and joints and swimming improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles that support them. Being in the water also reduces pressure on the spine and can help with lower back pain. For low-impact fitness with a high impact on pain relief, swimming is a great choice.

 

Fall is the Best Time to Build a Pool

It makes sense that people stop thinking about swimming pools as soon as summer over. So it also makes sense that fall is the best time to build a pool. Pool builders aren’t as busy and pool construction can be done on your schedule. Less demand could also mean some savings. Plus, your new pool will get done faster.

Don’t be like everyone else and wait for spring. Schedule your FREE on-site consultation today to beat the crowd and enjoy looking forward to an amazing spring.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Top 10 Awesome Swimming Pool Features to Add to Your Tampa Bay Poolscape

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Exciting new features and fresh designer touches can transform your swimming pool and spa into a custom haven of fun and relaxation designed just for you! From bold fire elements casting sparkling reflections to bubbling waterfalls to energy-saving LED Color lighting that you can control from your phone, you can add both style and functionality to your outdoor living space. Tampa Bay Pools has been designing pools and outdoor living spaces since 2001, so we know a thing or two about swimming pool features.

Below are just a few of our favorite features that are sure to bring attention, and fun, to your backyard.

 

1. The Custom Grotto

Let’s face it. We all still enjoy having a secret get-a-way like when we were kids. Custom caves and grottos can be added to pools, creating a private space in which to chill out, get away from it all or simply hide. Done right, they can provide a feeling of being miles away in a secluded oasis of your own. Besides they’re just plain fun!

 

2. The Waterfall

Is any swimming pool feature as idyllic as the waterfall? A well-designed and built waterfall will add a striking and very unique feature to your swimming pool, while the sound of the bubbling, free-flowing water brings a sense of peace and serenity.

 

3. The Fountain

Fountains can be as basic or as ornate as you choose. They are a great way to customize your poolscape and create a signature design in your backyard, possibly becoming a much-needed focal point for your design aesthetic. Like waterfalls, fountains add moving water to your poolscape to bring another dimension of sight and sound. Don’t forget to take advantage of available spectacular fountain lighting to create a nighttime fantasy.

 

4. The Sheer Descent

Sheer descents are a popular choice for modern pools because of their crisp lines and sleek edges. They give many of the benefits of fountains and waterfalls while keeping the swimming pool minimalist, modern and a much smaller price tag. Available in various lengths and ability to be lit from inside, they can be placed almost anywhere in the pool and add the sound and beauty of a smooth sheet of falling water.  

 

5. The Beach Entry

Swapping out pool steps and ladders with a gently sloped beach entry has been a popular pool design trend throughout Florida for a number of years, especially for those who want an easier access point. This attractive pool renovation pool renovation can include a transition of materials from dry to wet. At the same time, it provides a dual-purpose; easy access and a comfortable place to cool off without having to actually get in the pool.

 

6. The Tanning Ledge

The tanning ledge, also known as the baja reef or shamu shelf, is a fun swimming pool feature perfect for lounging and soaking up some much needed vitamin D. For those with little ones, it can serve as a great spot to splash and play with youngsters without wading into the deeper water. With the addition of an umbrella and a couple of lounge chairs, you’ll find yourself transport to a Caribbean island. Oh, waiter!

 

7. The Swim-Up Bar

Who wants to get out of the pool to eat or drink? Popular at many resorts, the swim-up bar with built-in bar stools is a fun and unique element to add to your pool. It’s a way to enjoy the water while also enjoying a drink or snack. Connect it to an outdoor and kitchen and you’ve got the ultimate party space.

 

8. Pool Mosaics

Adding a pool mosaic as part of your renovation project will make your swimming pool uniquely you. From geometric designs to animals to favorite sports team logos, pool mosaics allow you to express your individuality. They can even be custom designed to be almost anything you like.

 

9. The Fire Pit

Add a whole different dynamic to your backyard with a firepit. Perfect for cool nights, they add light and warmth to your backyard. A firepit will quickly become the go-to place for your guests during any party. Concerned that you don’t have a lot of room? No problem. Look into a zero elevation firepit where you can turn it on during cool evenings or place a lounge chair over it when not in use.

 

10. The Lighting

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to showcase your poolscape is to upgrade your pool lighting. Plus, by upgrading to LED lighting, you’ll be doing both your wallet and the environment a favor. Lighting styles and options have greatly expanded over the years to let you control the colors and mood of your backyard. Talk to one of our design specialists to learn more about the near endless possibilities for your pool.

Tampa Bay Pools has built a reliable reputation in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas to create beautiful swimming pools and outdoor living spaces that incorporate all of these unique features. If you’re looking to incorporate one into your new project, contact us today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Everything You Heard About Owning a Pool is Wrong

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Everyone loves to jump in the pool and cool off during hot summer days, but many people shy away from actually owning their own Tampa Bay swimming pool. Often, this is due to several misconceptions about owning a pool which simply are not true and should not scare you away from building your dream backyard.

When these popular myths about pool ownership are debunked by the professionals at Tampa Bay Pools, you can look forward to swimming and relaxing through many summers to come.

 

The Swimming Pool Construction Process is Long

You might have heard horror stories about pools taking forever to be built, but these exceptions are very far from the rule. The truth is that the swimming pool construction process usually takes less than a few months, all the way from design to completion. When you think about all that goes into building a swimming pool and making sure it’s all done right, that’s really not long at all. Especially when you end up with a beautiful backyard that will bring your family years of fun and relaxation.   

 

Swimming Pool Maintenance is a Hassle

Yes, pools do require a minimum level of maintenance in order to keep things clean and running properly, but it certainly is not as time-consuming as some would lead you to believe. In fact, there’s hardly any more maintenance needed for a swimming pool than a well-cared-for front lawn. Dedicating just a few minutes of your day to care for your pool will keep it sparkling clean and efficient all year round. Plus, new swimming pool equipment is making owning a pool even easier. With automated operating systems, you can do almost everything from your smart device, whether it’s a phone or a tablet!

 

Swimming Pools Are Too Expensive

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about owning a pool is that they can’t afford one. While inground pools are not cheap, there are many payment options you can choose from in order to afford the pool of your dreams. Reputable pool builders will also work with you to make sure you stay within your budget. Plus, with the value you get in return, swimming pools are relatively inexpensive compared to other big-ticket purchases. Another perk is that swimming pools can add to the value of your home. So when it is time for you to move, you can list your home for a higher asking price, giving you a solid return on investment.

 

Swimming Pools Mean High Utility Bills

When you start with an efficient swimming pool and maintain it properly, your utility bills should not increase significantly. And like everything else, swimming pool equipment is becoming more and more energy-efficient, meaning you’ll see even less of an increase in operating costs than people who own pools that were previously built.

 

There’s Too Much Repair Work Involved

When your swimming pool is well-constructed using high-quality materials, repair work will be few and far between. And when you choose a pool builder that’s been around for a long time and stands by their work, like Tampa Bay Pools, if any repairs are ever needed it will be no hassle to you whatsoever.

Owning a pool is easy and affordable. A high-quality builder will help you stay within your budget while giving you the most for your money. They will also be there every step of the way for any questions you have and to assist wherever needed. At Tampa Bay Pools, we put our customers first and will always be dedicated to your complete satisfaction throughout your entire pool ownership experience.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

7 Smart Things to Know About Swimming Pool Quotes

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If you are considering new pool construction, you need to be prepared to consider numerous variables and look into all the available options. Since adding a pool to your Tampa Bay area home is a large project, it is important to take your time making the final decision. A very big part of this decision will be reviewing quotes from different pool builders. To help you out, here are 7 things to look for in swimming pool quotes.

  • Look into both the initial cost of pool installation and the overall cost of maintaining a pool over the span of the pool's life. While a lower-end quote might seem like a good deal, long-term maintenance costs can end up making it more expensive if it’s not well constructed.
  • Compare the quotes you obtain and eliminate quotes that seem exceptionally high or low. After looking at several pool companies you should have a general understanding of the average costs associated with new pool installation. A quote that comes in extremely high or low could be an indicator that the contractor cannot be trusted.
  • Find out if the quote includes the cost of insurance during installation. In most areas, the team hired to install your pool will need to be licensed and this may be reflected in your costs. If it is, ensure you are aware of this upfront.
  • Avoid pool contractors that are vague about any of the aspects of pool installation when providing you with a quote. Ask as many questions as you like and make sure that they understand what it is you are looking for.
  • Find out what features are included in the price quote that you receive. Some contractors may try to add on additional features that you are not really interested in. Stay focused on what you want, but pay attention to helpful advice and recommendations.
  • Understand how they came up with their price quote. A trusted pool contractor should be able to breakdown their quote and help you understand how they arrived at their final figure. Their quote should include a list of expected costs for the pool materials, equipment, and labor costs.
  • Finally, carefully compare all your options before choosing the company that you want to install your new pool. Don't simply choose a company based solely on the price tag. Look at all the advantages of each company; you may even get a company with a higher bid to price match a lower quote.

Keep all these tips in mind when you start your search for the right Tampa Bay pool company. Get a selection of swimming pool quotes and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each prospective builder, along with the overall price that you are quoted. A great place to start your search is at Tampa Bay Pools. We can talk to you about every available option and give you a clear picture of the best swimming pool for your backyard.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Elements of Great Pool Design

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Owning your very own backyard swimming pool is something that more and more people are deciding to turn into a reality. Not only is the swimming pool a great place to relax on a hot day, it also adds a sense of everyday fun and tranquility to your outdoor living space.

Even if you’re just thinking about a pool, coming up with the perfect design can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. There are so many options and decisions to make that it can start to make your head spin. From the basic shape to finishing touches, the almost unlimited possibilities mean your backyard swimming pool can be as unique as you are.

To help you get started with planning the perfect custom pool design, our design professionals at Tampa Bay Pools put together some of the most important design elements that go into creating a fun, functional, and beautiful swimming pool and outdoor living space.

 

Choosing the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

We look forward to discussing your backyard and what you might want out of your pool should you decide to build. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to anyone who just wants to test the water of pool ownership. This can even include a 3D rendering so you can what it would look like before construction begins.

 

The Basic Design Elements

The more educated and experienced your pool builder is in custom pool design, the better. Our award-winning designers at Tampa Bay Pools have a deep understanding of the many elements of basic design, including: lines, color, texture, rhythm, and balance.

A knowledgeable designer also understands the importance of having a poolscape that is as functional as it is beautiful. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you understand how your outdoor living area is going to be used so we can design an entire backyard that matches the experience you want to create.

 

How Big Should My Pool Be?

The size of the pool will play an important role in its location, its features, and landscaping. How you intend to use your pool will typically be the primary factor when considering the size of your pool. A modest-sized swimming pool is ideal for homeowners who want a place to cool off on a hot day, while a large and extensive swimming pool is best for families who plan to dive, play, swim and entertain friends. There’s no set size for any pool and we can design a custom pool to fit in almost any size backyard.

 

Important Considerations When Planning a Pool

Any custom pool design has to also take into account the layout, slope, and other characteristics of your backyard that can have an impact on the actual construction of the pool. We will take careful measurements of where you would like to place the pool and take other issues into consideration such as:

  • Potential drainage issues
  • Sun exposure
  • Swales (low areas)
  • Underground utilities

From that point, your Clearwater pool builder will be able to suggest the best location for your swimming pool.

 

Choosing the Right Water Features

After the basic shape and design have been determined, then it’s time to think about what features you’d like with your pool. These can fall into one of two categories — functional or focal.

Functional features will be items like an automatic pool cover, lighting elements, in-ground cleaning systems, and smart controlled water systems. Focal features are those which allow your pool design to be transformed into your ultimate oasis such as deck jets, a water slide, a custom spa, sheer descents, and a customized rocky grotto waterfall.

 

Adding Outdoor Living Elements

Many homeowners not only want a swimming pool, but they also want to create a cohesive design that flows from the back door out to the pool area. This turns your entire backyard into a custom poolscape that transports you to your own private paradise. In addition to creating a tiled or stonework area that extends to the back deck or patio, we can also include:

  • Pergolas
  • Roof extensions
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fire features and fire pits
  • Outdoor living rooms
  • Custom landscaping

 

Experience the Tampa Bay Pools Difference

At Tampa Bay Pools, we know the number one element of great pool design is the customer. Our team of experienced designers know that the best designs are in the details, and we work with our customers to make sure that your outdoor living area delivers everything you dreamed of and more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

10 Summertime Water Safety Tips

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The pool can be one of your family’s favorite places and the perfect summertime spot for fun and bonding. While they are a fantastic way to escape the Florida heat and enjoy sunny days together, it’s always important to keep safety in mind.

At Tampa Bay Pools, we love the water and encourage everyone to spend as much time as possible in it, but we also want to make sure people follow smart water safety tips. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind:

  • While children are in the pool they need your undivided attention. Never, ever leave children alone in the pool at any age.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an adult who knows how to administer CPR should actively supervise children at all times. 
  • Children under the age of five should never be more than an arm’s length away from the supervising adult at all times.
  • Keep rescue equipment accessible at all times.
  • Especially when younger children are present, put up a fence creating a barrier between your home and your pool so children can’t get into the pool area without your knowledge.
  • After using the pool, remove any and all pool toys from in and around the pool to avoid the temptation to get in the water.
  • Always designate one adult to be the “Water Watcher.” That way there’s no confusion about who’s watching the children. Switch the designated adult as necessary.
  • When children are getting too rowdy, calmly remove them from the pool and explain the dangers to them. Don’t let them return to the pool until they have calmed down.
  • Don’t confuse air filled swimming aids with life jackets. They are not the same thing.
  • Finally, never make assumptions. Just because your child knows how to swim does not mean that he or she is always safe in the water and no longer needs supervision.

Following these water safety tips will help ensure that you have a fun and safe summer in and around the pool. There are also great resources on the PoolSafely.gov website. There’s even the Pool Safely Pledge that your whole family can take to make sure everyone is committed to pool and water safety. We hope you have an awesome summer. Have fun and stay safe!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

New Pool Design Trends for Spring 2018

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With swim season right around the corner, you may be finding yourself gazing out over your existing poolscape (or dreaming of a new one!) and wondering what tweaks and improvements can be made to enhance its beauty, design, and functionality. Tampa Bay Pools loves to inspire, which is why we have put together this quick list of five pool design trends for spring 2018.

 

Playing with Depth and Height

This year has seen a lot of different trends that involve playing with the depth and height of not only pools, but other poolscape features in and around your outdoor living space.

  • Elevated pools (pools built into a second or higher level of your home)
  • Elevated spas (this is a recurring trend that is continuing to grow this year)
  • Sunken outdoor kitchens and seating areas (these kitchens share a wall with your pool or spa, providing you with extra counter space for a swim-up bar)
  • Walls which incorporate fire and water features

 

Separated Concrete Pavers

Forget the classic “poured concrete” look. Separated concrete pavers placed upon grass, gravel or turf will keep your pool design fresh and visually engaging with a modern appeal.

 

Going Linear

Free-flowing pool shapes will always be a favorite, but expect to see a lot more straight lines and crisp corners in Clearwater pool designs this year. Aesthetically pleasing and offering loads of luxurious appeal, geometric pool designs can match the architecture of almost any home and outdoor living space.

 

Smart Pool Technologies

Pool and spa automation is continuing to dominate the industry. Unlike ever before you will be able to find a number of affordable smart pool technologies, all of which offer differing levels of remote control over different features of your pool and spa, like:

  • Running your in-pool cleaning system
  • Adjusting the temperature of your pool and spa
  • Controlling features in and around the pool (waterfalls, deck jets, fire pits, etc.)

 

Focus on Hydrotherapy

Research stating the importance of hydrotherapy continues to pile up, which has also led to a number of interesting developments in the pool and spa industry. Swim spas are a growing trend, but what is an even larger trend are the many jet and seating options available in both portable hot tubs and custom spas so that you can enjoy a tailored therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own backyard.

Are you looking for a Clearwater pool design and construction company to bring your poolscape to life? Try out My Staycation Builder from Tampa Bay Pools and call us today with any questions you may have about building or remodeling your pool and spa at (813) 684-3639.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Start Spring Right with MyStaycation Builder

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Spring is here, and that means you’re probably thinking about getting a swimming pool. And, as with any big investment, you’re wise enough to do all your research and find out the important information before making the purchase. So why not have a little fun while you’re doing it? After all, that’s what pools are all about.

Whether your idea of a good time in the water is cannonballs and water fights or sitting quietly poolside with a book, our MyStaycation Builder tool lets design your swimming pool and have a clear picture about what you want before you walk through the doors of our showroom.

 

What is MyStaycation Builder?

We’re glad you asked! MyStaycation Builder is an online tool where control is at your fingertips. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can add different types of decking and cool water features. You can choose from a variety of pool shapes to include or even throw in a corner spa if you’d like! The options are endless, so be sure to have fun with it!

 

But…Is It Easy to Use?

 

Absolutely! All you have to do is visit the site to get started. You’ll have a blank slate of a backyard, and then you just click and drag the different features to the proper places of your choosing. It’s just that simple. Let your imagination and creativity run wild with this great technology tool.

 

Also, you’ll be able to save your progress to show your friends on social media. If you’re ready to rock and roll, you can also forward your design to the Tampa Bay Pools team. Then, when you walk through the door, we’ll be ready to help you achieve your dream. Save time by avoiding the long list of design futures by already having them in mind.

 

If you can already see it in your head, go bring it to life with the MyStaycation Builder tool. We look forward to seeing your unique designs and the opportunity to work with you. Make this a spring you’ll never forget by changing your life with a new swimming pool.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

What Affects My Swimming Pool Water Chemistry?

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Even with proper care and maintenance, a swimming pool can still get out of balance and need a little adjusting. Your water chemistry is constantly changing due to environmental factors, usage, and even the toys you put in the pool. Learn five factors that play a major role in your swimming pool water chemistry, and how you can control common issues in this area.

 

Swimming Pool Water Chemistry: pH Balance

pH is the major factor you should keep balanced when maintaining your swimming pool water chemistry. pH refers to the level of acidity in your water, and comes from the use of chemicals to keep it balanced and free from contaminants and algae growth. You want your pH to remain between 7.4 to 7.6 at all times to avoid burning eyes and to allow for free chlorine use.

 

Swimming Pool Alkalinity

Closely connected to pH, the alkalinity is the amount of base, or hydrogen ions, in your water. It also refers to the ability of your water to contain and reduce the loss of hydrogen. Keeping your alkalinity balanced helps to keep your pH levels optimal when additional acids or bases are introduced to the water. You want your pool’s alkalinity to be between 80 to 150 parts per million (PPM).

 

Pool Water Calcium Hardness Levels

Your pool has dissolved calcium salts in its water. These can increase or decrease from the oils and salts on people's skin, from debris that falls into your pool, and from the chemical reactions that form from maintaining your water balance. You want to keep these levels around 250 ppm. If the calcium level is too low, it can create pitting in the plaster, while high amounts of calcium make the water cloudy and can result in scaling.

 

TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) in Your Swimming Pool

When a pool has been in use for a long time, things like suntan lotion, chlorides, dirt, debris, algaecides, and other contaminants can be introduced into the water from leaves, tree bark, dirt, skin chemistry, and other factors. TDS can’t be avoided, but it should be kept under 450 ppm.

 

Pool Chlorine Levels

Chlorine is, for many people, a vital part of keeping the chemistry in their water properly balanced. Too much chlorine, and you’ll end up with burning in the eyes and a strong odor. Too little, and the pool’s alkalinity and pH will be out of control, leading to things like cloudy water and algae growth. Ideal chlorine levels should be at 0.2ppm or less, and free chlorine should be in the range of 1 to 3 ppm.

Pool ownership in Florida is a beautiful thing. And with these few simple steps, you can make sure your swimming pool stays in great shape all season long.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.